Appointments and awards
Paul B. Allen Sr., D.Sc., PA-C, was named chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. Dr. Allen, a licensed physician assistant, recently retired with 26 years of military service, including combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
David P. Cappelli, Ph.D., D.M.D., M.P.H., was installed as president of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. A dental professor, Dr. Cappelli also directs the research division of the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry and the dental public health residency program in the School of Dentistry.
Phyllis Gordon, M.S.N., APRN, ACNS-BC, a clinical nurse specialist in the Vascular Surgery Division and clinical assistant professor in the School of Nursing, was named president of the Society for Vascular Nursing.
Thomas Mayes, M.D., M.B.A., chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, was selected to be a 2015–2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow.
LuZhe Sun, Ph.D., professor of cellular and structural biology, was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for distinguished contributions to the field of molecular carcinogenesis, DNA repair and experimental therapeutics, particularly for growth factor signaling and measurement of DNA repair activity.
Ratna Vadlamudi, Ph.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for distinguished contributions to the field of molecular biology of cancer, particularly using molecular biology tools to study estrogen and coregulator signaling in cancer.